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Husband speaks after hit and run driver kills wife
JERSEY CITY (WABC) -- There is shock and support for a New Jersey family after a woman was struck and killed by a hit and run driver.
She was riding her bike when the accident happened.
"Denial, blaming, anger, you know, sorrow, grief, everything," said Christian Usher, widower.
Christian Usher has been through every emotion since his wife Natasha was run down and killed riding her bike in Jersey City.
"Why you didn't help her? Why you didn't try to help her?" Usher said.
Last Thursday night right near the intersection, Natasha was hit by a Volkswagen Jetta driven by 24-year-old Neteria Augcomfar.
Four days later, this past Monday, Natasha died from her injuries and Augcomfar turned herself in to police.
She reportedly told them that she didn't know she hit anyone.
"Come on, the impact was so strong my wife broke the windshield with her body, with her face," Usher said.
It's a horrific reality, a horrible image; her husband cannot get out of his mind.
"I wouldn't do that, not even to an animal, I would just stop and check on it," Usher said.
Natasha was part owner of Kraverie Restaurant, located just a few blocks from where she was hit.
A picture and a candle now stand as a memorial. Her business partner still can't believe she is gone.
"We're going to keep going strong. I think it's what she would want. It's what's best for all of us," her business partner said.
Just feet from her restaurant, you can see the bike lanes on Grove Street.
The city has plans to put in miles more.
But there are problem with the lanes, for starters, double parked drivers.
Natasha wasn't wearing a helmet and apparently driving the wrong way, but her husband says nothing excuses leaving that scene.
In December, the city approved 35 miles of new bike lanes.
"That's a good idea, but to be honest, that doesn't really help because you have a lot of cars that come and block it up anyway," Usher said.
But with so many more people now biking in New Jersey's second largest city, something has to help.
Augcomfar is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
Usher says he is angry but said, "I do believe that if I let go, justice and karma will take over."
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